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Peterloo: The Story Continues

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Manchester Central Library

St Peter's Square

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Manchester

M2 5PD

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The 200th anniversary of the most dramatic event in English political history has passed, but the story continues.

On the 16th August 1819 the military attacked a peaceful crowd some 60,000 strong at St Peter's Field in arresting the speakers at what was billed as a demonstration to call for the right to vote. More than a dozen were dead on the spot; hundreds injured.

The hairs will stand up on the back of your neck when Peterloo expert and Penguin author Ed Glinert reads out the names of the victims at the start of the tour.

We tell the full story leading up to the dramatic events, what happened on the day itself, and focus on what happened next. The government clamped down further on all dissent, a Manchester merchant set up what became the world’s greatest newspaper (guess), Percy Shelley wrote the greatest political poem in the English language, and some locals got the vote at last. Oh, and they wouldn’t let the bones of the great radical writer, Thomas Paine, into the city.

Glinert explains all.

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